The Monkeys at Ford who made up the requirement to couple the gearshift with the brake and ignition switch on the Probe and Taurus models need to be whipped. When you tow the vehicle on a dolly - which holds the car by anchoring the wheels so they cannot roll - you cannot lock the steering wheel without also locking the transmission. If you lock the transmission by putting it in park, you also have to remove the key, The first high ramp or bur that hit while driving will break the transmission or an axle-to-wheel connection because of the pitching of the car. There is no provision to disengage this, so you have to leave the key in the lock, which means anyone can steal the car.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.